what is a cheap natural flea killer/repellant that is safe for dogs and cats?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I have to agree with the other person's answer that 'natural' flea killer/repellants are usually not effective. In fact, most 'natural' flea products (derived from citrus extracts) can kill a cat or cause brain damage in small doses. Natural is not necessarily safe.
Monthly topical products such as Frontline and Advantage are much safer. They remain on the outside of the animals body (the products have an affinity to the natural oils found on the coat) and present less risk of a reaction than most 'natural' products.
Garlic is a waste of time and can be toxic (even fatal) to dogs over a long period of time as well.
Just to add my experience with dish soap (NOT dish detergents - detergents ARE POISON like the person below points out) - it's fine to use on occasion to kill fleas that are on a dog or cat. But once again, if you get a dish soap that has citrus in it (and most do) you are taking a risk with a cat. But in any case, dish soap is not going to kill them all and won't do a thing for fleas that are in the enviornment that your dog or cat will immediately pick up again when the bath is done. Fleas feed and lay eggs rapidly and it usually takes up to two weeks or even longer for even a highly effective product like Frontline or Advantage that continuously kills fleas that have hatched to break the feeding/egg/hatching cycle in your pet's environment.
Brewer's Yeast (NOT Baker's Yeast - there is a difference) MAY be somewhat effective as a deterent to fleas if used as a food supplement - but it won't kill fleas. In theory, it is the B complex vitamins in Brewer's Yeast that may be effective at deterring fleas. No personal experience with this home remedy.
- rescue memberLv 71 decade ago
Please do NOT use any of those home remedies, you can easily kill your cats and dog.
Dish detergent is dangerous, it strips the oil fromt he skin, causes horrible allergies, and can get down the pet's throat and poison it.
Nothing else works except a topical flea preventative like Frontline or Advantage. There are products for dogs and products for cats.
You put this on the back of the animals neck, part the fur and put on skin. You do this every single month without fail, and you will have no more fleas.
Anything "cheap" or "natural" is at best a waste of time and money and at worst, can harm your animals - a lot.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Check this out for natural, safe ways to rid your home and pet of fleas http://pests.in/fleas.html
- 1 decade ago
I've heard that the dish soap Lemon Joy is good and safe even for new born kittens
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- unholyghost2003Lv 41 decade ago
for on them? or for your house? flea traps are great for getting rid of fleas around the house.
- Shadow's MelonLv 61 decade ago
Home remedies RARELY are effective. Get to your vet and get the topical treatment, like Frontline, and use it on your dog. Do not bath 2 days prior to, or 2 days after application, or it won't work.
- raticals.comLv 41 decade ago
Dawn dish detergent, but don't use it often as it can lead to dry skin.
- ChrysLv 71 decade ago
bakers yeast in their food...Source(s): worked for ALL our dogs..